For immediate release:
(SUDBURY, Thursday, September 24, 2020) The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA-S/M) is pleased to announce that effective September 30, the Off the Street (OTS) emergency shelter will be moving back to its permanent location at 200 Larch Street.
The emergency shelter temporarily moved to Canada’s Best Value Inn (CBVI) on Regent Street in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second floor of the hotel was used as a Supportive Isolation Centre, offering 24-hour care for individuals who were homeless and being tested or diagnosed with COVID-19.
“Temporarily moving the program to CBVI Sudbury at 1500 Regent Street helped ensure individuals accessing the shelter had the opportunity to safely practise physical distancing and self-isolate when needed,” said Gail Spencer, Coordinator of Shelters and Homelessness for the City of Greater Sudbury. “The hotel provided a temporary location for OTS while long-term plans were being developed for the shelter space at 200 Larch.”
The addition of structural supports such as wall dividers and pods will be installed at 200 Larch Street to ensure physical distancing. Changes to the shelter space are not expected to reduce bed capacity. OTS will continue to offer 30 beds each night.
“Having the program return to the downtown core is beneficial for those accessing the emergency shelter because many other mental health and addictions supports are within walking distance,” said Cindy Rose, Manager, Harm Reduction & Shelter Services with CMHA-S/M.
Additional community supports for individuals who are homeless with the need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 are in place through a partnership with Health Sciences North.
CMHA-S/M acknowledges the support and collaboration of Autumnwood Mature Lifestyle Communities throughout our community response to COVID-19 and the provision of safe shelter supports to those who are homeless.
About OTS Emergency Shelter:
OTS emergency shelter operates year-round and offers 30 cots. Open seven days a week from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., the shelter provides a safe, warm place to sleep with light refreshments, outreach, and referral services to individuals 18+ of all genders who are homeless and unable to access other shelter services. As a low barrier shelter, OTS aims to help as many people as possible. The shelter does not turn away people who are under the influence. However, security conducts bag checks, and no drugs, alcohol, or weapons are permitted on the premises. More information can be found on our website: https://sm.cmha.ca/programs-services/off-the-street-emergency-shelter/
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin